Pretty Zombie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks review

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Several weeks ago, I placed a long overdue order of some liquid lipsticks that I have heard the blogging world go on and on about. I finally caved in and purchased five shades to truly see what Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is all about. Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is a cruelty-free and vegan brand that sells super pigmented liquid lipsticks, yay!  These liquid lipsticks are matte but are not transfer proof, smudge proof, kiss proof and especially are not stains. I picked up 5 of the current 7 shades they are offering. I chose to skip out on the pink (pink potion) and the black (black cat) because I own pink velvet and black velvet from Limecrime. Also pink potion was limited edition and they no longer carry that shade. Knowing that they are a different type of liquid lipstick, I couldn’t convince myself to gain two more similar if not exact colors to my collection.

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Packaging wise is very similar to every day liquid lipsticks. These liquid lipsticks contain seven grams of product, which is a good amount if you ask me! Typical liquid lipsticks carry 0.20 oz to 0.26 oz which comes out to a little over six grams. Labeling is found on the top of the applicator with the name of the shade in black and a clear background of adhesive. I wish the product was printed on the tip instead, but that’s just personal preference.

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Pigmentation is a whole other ball game with this product. This product comes with a doe foot wand that is saturated in the product. When applying, you immediately have enough to cover your larger lip, for me its my bottom. I then find myself dipping in once again to get more product for the top lip. I do recommend using a lip liner with these so that they don’t feather/bleed outside the lip lines. Some of the color apply more evenly then others I have noticed. I feel sometimes Zombettie doesn’t apply as evenly as I would like and I find myself going over it 2-3 times to get more opacity and to deepen the color. This isn’t me complaining, it’s just that I prefer a deeper red then what one coat will give instantly.

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Colorful liquid lipsticks are my jam. These liquid lipsticks are beautifully pigmented, long wear and matte finish. My obsession currently is Purple Poison pictured above. I think the reason that I love this color in particular is because I don’t have anything in collection similar to it. In comparison, Potion #9, the image above Purple potion is more of a true lilac. With having a blue undertone, this gorgeous pastel lilac truly delivers.  I throughly enjoy that I don’t have to do a million layers to get opacity to my lips with Purple potion.

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This color is a true purple yet on the camera it reads as more of a purple with a blue undertone. 3 witches would have to be another one of my favorites from the shades I purchased. 3 witches is definitely the darkest purple in the collection. This was a go to product in fall time for my purple shade. I feel this shade is very complimentary to multiple skin tones and it really can do no wrong.

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Have you tried OCC Pool boy? Well meet the liquid lipstick version, Blue Moon! I was very intrigued by this shade and love to wear this as a pop of color on the lips. Super great pairing with a smoked out blue lash line and this lip to complement. Some clients may be intimated by this shade but I think it’s super fun. Overall I thoroughly enjoy these liquid lipsticks for multiple reasons. Vegan, cruelty-free, full coverage, matte, no fragrance, full coverage, long wear and the shade range.  If you haven’t taken a moment to check this brand out, I highly suggest you do!

Melt Cosmetics order

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I have now finally fully completed my current collection of Melt Cosmetics lipsticks. Developed by Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, both amazing MAC Cosmetics Pro artist’s piled together to create this amazing company. As you may have seen in a previous post, I have already done prior shopping with Melt Cosmetics and gained eight beautiful shades of theirs. For fall/winter of 2014, they released their limited edition shade named Dark Room, which I will get to in a moment. Since I was planning to make a purchase of their limited edition shade, it occurred to me that I was so close to having the complete collection of all shades at the current moment, so why not pick up the others? Well yes, that is what ended up happening to me.

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Now you’re probably wondering, what is Dark Room? Dark Room is the name of the limited edition that Lora and Dana created in honor of Lora’s signature lip with her beau, now husband Solgr. Dark Room is a beautiful shade that is described as a deep beet color, composed of red and purple undertones. It is a gorgeous shade for fall and should always be paired with a nice lip liner in the similar color wheel. This limited edition shade is found in beautiful cool toned gray and black packaging unlike the black and purple standard packaging.

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With picking up two of the limited edition shade, I knew that I might as well finish the collection since i’m so close. The next colors that I picked up were Belladonna 2, Summer and Bane. Belladonna 2 is described as a classic red with a pink undertone. Summer is a gorgeous soft creamsicle orange shade. Bane is a deep jet black shade. Images of the shades are below.

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Now that their lipstick collection is in my hands, I have to wait patiently for the eye shadows stacks to release. For the company, I’ve been truly in love with all of their products. The quality of their products is amazing and if you have not tried, I highly recommend you check them out! Also be on the lookout for releases coming soon from them!

Melt Cosmetics review

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What happens when you put two MAC pro artist’s together with creative minds? The answer is simply MELT Cosmetics. Founders and co-owners Lora Arellano (twitter.com/Loreleicakes) and Dana Bomar (twitter.com/TheBomar) created these ultra-matte lipsticks with vibrant colors. Oh and did I mention? Lora is Rihanna’s makeup artist!! Not only are these lipsticks 100% vegan, cruelty free, gluten and paraben free, each lipstick has the scent of vanilla cake too! From this collection, I now own a total of nine of their lipsticks. The first order I purchased seven lipsticks and my second purchase was two. The colors that I own are Darling, By starlight, Shady lady, Stupid love, Bang Bang, 6six6, DGAF, Space cake and Blow. The colors that I do not own is Belladonna, Belladonna 2, Bane and Summer. Each lipstick is $19 which is higher then I would typically like to spend however you have to pay for good quality.

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These lipsticks are a retro-matte finish, so taking proper care of you lips before hand is key. I would highly recommend exfoliating, moisturizing, blotting excess moisture, lining and then applying the lipstick.  These lipsticks are a semi-long wear as long as you don’t have to much activity with your mouth such as eating and salivating. If you’re not sure what lip liners to pair these amazing lipsticks with, both Lora and Dana provide a multiplicity of MAC lip liner options on their website. These lipsticks can settle into the fine lines after hours of wear, but just throw on a lip gloss for added hydration and disappearance of lines.

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When applying these lipsticks, they are buttery enough so that they do not tug on the lips when applying. However they dry down to a dry finish because of the matte finish.  The pigment in these lipsticks is ridiculously amazing. When wearing these lipsticks, no one should feel the need to layer another color to intensify the look. Packaging wise, these lipsticks are all matte black with the simple purple Melt logo down the side of the product. The name can be found on the bottom noted with a sticker like most lipsticks. There is no color indication on their packaging so for storage purposes maybe store upside down to easily grab your desired shade.

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Melt Cosmetics is only currently available on their website, http://www.meltcosmetics.com. When ordering the lipsticks, standard shipping fee is applied. However on my first order, since i’m on their newsletter, they offered a free shipping code if your purchase was over $100. Their shipping is super fast, I remembered ordering on a Tuesday and I got my products no later than Friday! Now let’s see what they look like! These are going to be close up shots of the lipsticks. With this, you can clearly see which ones i’m currently loving.

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Shady lady is described as medium cool toned magenta. This lipstick contains a slight sheen to it but very unnoticeable after it dries down to the ultra-matte finish. I feel anyone could truly wear this lipstick, especially in the summer time or warmer parts of the year. This color can be worn as a statement piece or you could sheer it out in order to make it work with other facial makeup.

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Shady lady is described as bright dark fuchsia. This color can be worn for medium pay off after 1-2 swipes on the lips as well as being intensified with another layer or dabbing in the center of the lips. When I first wore this, a little bit really went the longest way. I believe because the pigment is so intense, that it allows you to build this lipstick to the intensity of your desire. 

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Oh Darling! Darling is described as a cool toned lavender pink. These creamy lipstick applies beautifully to the lips with much ease. Because this is a lighter shade, i’m not sure that it would work on every complexion because it may look chalky on darker skin complexions. Unless properly paired with a good matching liner, this color could be unflattering on some skin complexions. 

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Meet 6six6, one of the most current popular lipsticks from Melt Cosmetics. 6six6 is described as a cool deep merlot red. When I wear this shade, you can definitely see the brown come out. This shade truly gives you an opaque lip color in seconds. If you feel the need to intensify this shade, even though it’s powerful on it’s own, I recommend Nightmouth lip pencil from MAC or Black Dahlia cosmetic color pencil from OCC.

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Oh how I love By Starlight! By Starlight is described as a cool toned medium/dark purple. I love layering this color to get full opaque deep purple lips. This was one of the first shades that I was super eager to get my hands on. Since purple is the color of 2014, I can see this shade being sold out constantly.

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Don’t you ever want to channel your inner alien? Melt Cosmetics does and they made a lipstick just for that. Space Cake is described as a cool toned gray with blue undertones. This color looks exactly like it does in the tube once you apply it on your lips. I can truly say that I haven’t seen any other lipsticks this specific shade before in my life.

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Do you give a fuck? Obviously Melt cosmetics doesn’t. DGAF is described as a dark cool toned blue. This lipstick is dark enough that it can truly play well on any complexion. Out of all the lipsticks that I have from Melt, I’ll admit that this shade is the most drying. I’ve found myself dabbing on the center of my lips throughout the day to keep the intensity going. Now I have another blue lipstick to add to my collection alongside OCC RX and Pool boy.

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I’ve always had soft oranges and creme’s with a hint of orange, but nothing as powerful as this. Bang Bang is described as a warm bright neon orange. Oranges like this shade typically work best on deeper skin tones or tan people. However there are some exceptions since this is a warm toned lipstick. I love this lipstick and I think it’s definitely a summer must have!

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Saved the best for last. Blow is described as deep cool toned teal, siding with both greens and blues. This newest addition to the Melt line is unlike anything else in the cosmetic field. I have never found something like this shade ever before. I love the creaminess of this lipstick and i’m glad that they purposely made it creamier. I love wearing this on colder nights as a deep lip with color.

RiRi Hearts MAC Cosmetics collection review

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I’ll have to admit, I finally gave in. I’ve never been the person to give in to the current hype over certain makeup products. However, this time is different. With being a fan of Rihanna from her early appearance, when I found out that she was coming out with a collection with MAC Cosmetics, I think I died a little bit.

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In this collection of five, there are three retro matte lipsticks, one blush/bronzer duo and Luster drops. Soon after hearing the big news, I then heard of the first lipstick that she was going to pre-release from the first collection they made, which was none other than RiRi Woo. If you’re familiar with MAC Cosmetics, you must already know that they own a signature color called Ruby Woo, a classic matte red that everyone should have in their collection. Now there is RiRi Woo, a signature retro matte lipstick. RiRi Woo is described as a cool matte red, with a retro matte finish. It is a medium deep red with cool undertones. In comparison to Ruby Woo, there is a slight difference, the texture of the lipstick is somewhat stiffer and drier compared to the regular matte lipsticks. Another cool thing to note about this collection is that Rihanna’s signature is etched into all of her lipsticks. This lipstick gives full opaque coverage and its recommended to exfoliate, moisturize, blot your lips, line and then apply for overall satisfaction of this lipstick. This lipstick retails for $15.00 in the United States. Usually with MAC Collections, the signature of the ambassador is on the packaging of the product, not the product itself. So should you get it whether or not you own Ruby Woo? Initially it is up to you. If you like Rihanna and if you are a make up enthusiast such as myself, then yes, but other than that you will probably be better off without it.

Continuing along with the RiRi theme, the next lipstick that I picked up is RiRi Boy, my favorite item from this collection. RiRi Boy is described as a matte lavender lipstick. It’s a medium pink-purple retro matte finish lipstick. When I saw this lipstick online, I absolutely fell in love. I knew that I had to have this immediately. I’m so happy that it is accurately portrayed on the MAC website because it is exactly what I imagined it to be now that it’s in my hands. This lipstick gives full opaque coverage and its recommended to exfoliate, moisturize, blot your lips, line and then apply for overall satisfaction of this lipstick. This lipstick retails for $15.00 in the United States.

The last and final lipstick that is in the collection is Heaux. Heaux is a deep matte berry-red lipstick. This is a very deep color however it can be sheered out for lighter coverage. I like this lipstick a lot because it has both purple and red in it, but they do not over whelm one another.  If you’re going for a good deep berry lipstick, this would be worth while looking in to. This lipstick gives full opaque coverage and its recommended to exfoliate, moisturize, blot your lips, line and then apply for overall satisfaction of this lipstick. This lipstick retails for $15.00 in the United States.

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Below are the swatches of all three lipsticks, with RiRi Boy being at the top, Heaux in the middle and RiRi Woo on the bottom.

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The last product that I ended picking up from this collection is the bronzer and blush duo. Hibiscus Kiss is the name of RiRi’s chosen Satin finish bronzer and blush duo. With both products being of the same name, the bronzer ends up taking majority of this compact. While sometimes I thought why she didn’t split it half and half like most companies do, I can see now that the bronzer is the big issue in this duo. This is mostly a matte bronzer with some satin sheen to it, since it is a satin.  Hibiscus Kiss is described as a matte neutral bronze with medium yellow-orange undertones. This product retails for $26.00 and has build able coverage without looking to powdery. The other portion of this duo is Hibiscus blush, a soft coral pink with a sheen. I think this blush is a great fit for my personal usage, so when I saw that this was the paired blush, I was sold!!

004Thanks for checking out my review on Rihanna’s collection from MAC Cosmetics, hope you enjoyed!! Check out my First impressions video on this collection below!!

MAC Haul!

This haul is going to consist of two different visits to the Cosmetic Company Outlet. If you are not familiar with what a CCO is, it basically is a discounted make up that carries Estee Lauder brands such as MAC, Bobbie Brown, and even Smash box Cosmetics.  Not only do they carry makeup but also perfumes, all of which can be found at a discounted price. Upon my first visit to the CCO, I picked up a total of 6 items, three lipsticks, a lip liner, a blush and a pigment set. Upon my second visit I picked up two other lipsticks and a transparent setting powder. As you can tell, the second trip was not as difficult as the first, as in I didn’t purchase that many items. So overall, picked up five lipsticks  a lip liner, a blush, a set of pigments and a setting powder. All of these products are new to me, as in I have never purchased them before. Therefore this review is based on my initial impression of the products.

The first lipstick that I picked up is from the Ruffian collection, called Ruffian Red. This is a blue-based red lipstick that is somewhat bright. This is a matte lipstick, so when planning to wear this color, hydrate like crazy before hand, as well as exfoliating. When applying, color glides on smoothly with little effort and provides full opaque color to the lips. I will always wear any red lipstick with a lip liner before hand so that the color does not bleed and looks good.

Following in the same collection, the second lipstick I picked up is Ruffian Naked. Ruffian Naked is a rosy beige matte lipstick. When applying, color glides on smoothly with little effort and provides full opaque color to the lips. Because this is a nude, it can easily highlight the lines in your lips so its good to exfoliate and moisturize before applying this.  I’m loving nudes currently now that summer is coming up. This is a great lipstick that can be pared with any kind of eye or cheek look.

From the Marilyn Monroe collection, Holiday 2012, I picked up my third lipstick in Pure Zen. Pure Zen is a lightly frosted warm nude color that is a cremesheen. This is a re-promoted lipstick color, therefore it is not the first time it is being introduced to MAC. When applying, color glides on smoothly with little effort and provides full opaqueness to the lips. Packaging is cute, having the classic pin up of Marilyn on the product as well as her signature.

As my fourth, I picked up my first pro longwear lisptick in Dress it up. Dress it up is from the MAC Style drive collection. This collection came out with a total of six different lipsticks.  This lipstick is a blue based pink that has a creamy finish. In regards to coverage, this lipstick gives a semi- opaqueness to the lips.  The packaging of this lipstick differs from the typical MAC lipsticks as it is slender and has an easy closing mechanism which is helpful, it literally snaps close.

Now for a pop of color. The last lipstick that I chose to pick up is the MAC lustre lipstick in Razzle Dazzle. This lipstick is from the Asia Pacific region of the collection. This lipstick is a soft coral/peach color with a soft sheen. This lipstick was limited edition so I’m happy that I got my hands on it. It gives off a semi-opaque coverage to the lips. This is such a great lipstick to add my collection since I’m feeling the softer colors for lips at the moment.

Following along with lip products, I picked up my first official MAC Lip liner in Plum. This pencil is meant to line, shape and fill in your lips, initially giving any lipstick you layer over it with more longevity.  These lip liners are long-lasting and come in a variety of shades, most of which are matte. With that being said, these lip liners can be somewhat drying to the lips therefore it is recommended to prep your lips before hand with an intensive moisturizer. Plum tends to side more with the brown family then plum. While I was hoping it was have a touch more purple in it, hence the name Plum, I’m not disappointed with this lip liner. This lip liner pairs great with purple or deep color lipsticks.

With never previously owning a MAC pigment, I saw this crushed pigment collection and thought it would prove useful in my collection. This is the MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic pigment set. Above are swatches of these pigments without and base and applied dry. It is highly recommended to use a base with this product along with some type of glitter/pigment adhesive.  The colors are as follows from left to right in the swatch above, Roasted Chestnut, Spicy smoke, Rose light and Pearl.  Roasted Chestnut is a dark chocolate-brown with shimmer. Spicy Smoke is an orange-red with a shimmer. Rose light is a soft rose-pink with metallic shimmer. Pearl is a true frosted white. These colors pair great with my blue eyes!

A soft lavender blush is what Full of Joy from MAC is. This blush is lavender with a frost finish, but the finish is very soft, not super frosty. There is definitely a blue undertone with satin sheen in it.  There is good color pigmentation in this blush and it is definitely build able.  In regards to the product, when dipping your brush in the pan, you get a good amount of powdery residue left over, therefore always tap off your brush before using.

MAC Translucent finishing powder

The last item that I picked up is from MAC’s prep and prime collection. I have always been interested in their setting powders, so I am happy that I can finally try out a nice translucent/transparent finishing powder from them. This product is advised to be used to set foundation or to be used on bare moisturized skin to give a more flawless finish and look to the skin. Because this is a white powder, we all know that we are all scared if this product will give your skin that white cast if you happen to take any flash photography. I haven’t experienced the white cast in my own usage, but I can understand if you use to much of this product you could create that.

Thanks so much for reading and see you guys next time!

 

Sephora Rouge Cream and Maniac Mat lipstick review

A couple weeks ago, I made a trip to Sephora and picked up two lovely lipsticks, a classic red and dark purple. Initially I was getting these lipsticks to go along with my outfit for halloween, a vampire. When thinking vampire, I automatically thought of a red lipstick, so I decided to see the Sephora collection of lipsticks.

After careful selection, I decided on Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in Hot Tango 5 for $12. This is a classic medium dark red color with a pink undertone.This color easily glides on your lips giving instant rich color pigmentation. When using this color, I do recommend having exfoliated your lips, moistuirzed and a lip liner because this color, like any, can settle in the fine lines and bleed. Is this color long wearing? Yes only if you have prepared your lips in the ways in which I listed. I do not think that with any lipstick will last longer without having exfoliated, moisturized and lined lips. This lipstick does not leave a stain after being worn and has somewhat of a satin finish. This lipstick is pretty long lasting compared to other lipsticks that I have tried, both drugstore and high end. Would I repurchase? I would have to say only if there was a color that I loved, but other than that, good lipstick!

While still shopping, I thought to myself, what in case I don’t like the red, should I try a more vampy lip? I was glancing around Sephora for OCC Dahlia, which is absolutley gorgeous, but they were out of it. Regardless, I kept searching for a back up. Whilst in the sale section, I noticed a bin particular consisting of thinly packaged lipsticks. I began diving into this box, searching around for different colors, when I stumbled upon this beauty.

This is the Sephora Collection Maniac Mat Long Wearing Matte Lipstick in Mat 04 for $7. Honestly, I was a little mislead by the sale section. The box that these lipsticks was in had been labeled $4, when in actualy reality upon purchasing this item, it was $7. At first, I was iffy because I didn’t know if I would like it, but turns out that it was made for me! This lipstick truly lives up to its name, long wearing lipstick. Always with lip products, i’ve already exfoliated, moisturized and lined prior to application. This color is absolutley gorgeous, its a very deep plum purple, that with enough layers shows as a deep purple/black.  After deciding to wear this color on Halloween, I only had to reapply/touch up one time throughout the night, with first having applied the color at 4:30pm and having it last till 2:30am!! (long night!!). This lipstick has a beautiful matte finish and needs slim to none of reapplication. Overall, I am very happy with this specific lipstick. I plan to wear this a lot more now that it is fall time and darker plumy lips are in season :).

Above, are swatches of both lipsticks. Disclaimer: Each swatch was one swipe per lipstick. Colors are darker and bolder with heavier hand when applying and using layering methods.